The winners of the 2020 RSEQ-Lilly Awards for PhD students have just been announced. For the second time in a row, two ICIQers have won the award: Mauro Mato (Echavarren group) for his work on the development of new methods for the generation of metal carbenes; and Shang-Zheng Sun (Martin group) for his research to unravel new reaction pathways via the generation of radical intermediates. The third award has gone to Águeda Molinero, from Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (UAH).
In previous editions, the winners gave a talk at the Lilly Awards Ceremony, held within the Biennial Meeting of the Specialized Group of Organic Chemistry – which would have been held in Tenerife. However, due to the current situation, the event has been cancelled and a virtual ceremony will be held instead.
With these awards, Lilly recognises research excellence and the link between the academic field and the pharmaceutical industry. In previous years, other ICIQ PhD students have been awarded this distinction: Nicolas Marion (Nolan’s group, 2006); Elena Herrero (Echavarren’s group, 2008); Patricia Pérez (Echavarren’s group, 2009); Anna Homs (Echavarren’s group, 2014); Xueqiang Wang (Martin’s group, 2015); Cayetana Zárate (Martin’s group, 2016); Eloísa Serrano (Martin’s group, 2017); Ana García Herraiz (M. G. Suero group, 2019) and José Enrique Gómez (Kleij group, 2019).